Monday, August 10, 2009

War of the Worlds - Costume Designer

As I entered the Shakespeare Theater I noticed one of my blog readers Patricia looking at the board covered with sketches I had done of the War of the Worlds rehearsals. I walked up behind her and said "I know that artist, he is a hack." We laughed and she introduced me to her friend. She asked if I was sketching or just enjoying the show tonight and I explained that I planned to sketch backstage again. She said she probably would not have known about the show had it not been for my blog posts. That made me extremely happy. Several students from my class at Full Sail also came out to this evenings performance.
Once back stage I decided to watch the hectic activity around the prop table again. Kelly - Anne Salazar the costume designer was relaxing and reading a magazine. She had already put out all the costumes and the actors were busy getting changed upstairs. Lindsay Cohen walked past and said "Hey TT". She has a nick name for just about everyone in the cast and now everyone refers to me as TT backstage. Sigh, its not very dignified, but I have to live with it.
The stage manager announced "Five minutes" and the actors replied "Thank you five". Alan who plays Orson Wells quietly went over his opening lines to himself. Everyone began wishing each other luck and then the show was on. What I like about sitting back stage is that the place feels like it is in a time warp. Kelly - Anne looked like she could have been straight out of the 1930's and the poster on the wall hearkened back to war times.
While I sketched I heard a teenage girl sobbing on the stairs above me. She was one of the younger actors performing in "The Two Gentleman of Verona" in the next theater over. I could hear the muffled singing from this musical as I worked and quite honestly the singing was often way off key. Another girl finally tried to comfort the sobbing actress. "What did you do wrong?" The sobbing actress said something in between the tears, but just thinking about it slowed down the emotions. "OK is that it." "You didn't do anything wrong." "It is soooo not your fault.""We are all freaking out, it isn't your fault." The crying actress finally said "I didn't want to do anything wrong." "Come on." The two actresses came down the steps hand in hand and went to the green room.
Suddenly a huge standing ovation broke out in the Golwin Theater and I realized War of the Worlds had rocked the house. The actors came out laughing because there had been a strange sort of group delay when they bowed. The audience didn't seem to mind, they went wild.

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Anonymous said...

Thomas !! I absolutely love your work man. Please stay in touch! is my email and also I"m supposed to remind you about the changeover we're starting tomorrow around 11am you said you wanted to sketch it. email me and I will send you my cell number, I forgot to get yours last night.

- Jeff Atkisson

Thor said...

Thanks Jeff,
What a great experience sketching the lighting changeover.

-Analog Artist Digital World